What Does “Maintenance-free” mean?

Your Indramat components are maintenance-free. What does that mean?

You can’t do basic maintenance

One thing it means is that you can’t do basic things like changing the bearings or topping up the lubricant. Indramat components are not designed to be repaired on the machine or even out in the field. They are designed to be repaired only in the factory.

Attempting to repair your Indramat drives, controls, and servos can destroy them. It definitely voids your warranty.

If you’re laughing because Indramat no longer exists and you’re sure you don’t have a warranty, then you might not realize that sending your Indramat components in for factory repair often means that they come back as good as new, with a new warranty.

Whose lifetime?

Bearings and lubrication for Indramat servos, for example, are intended to last a lifetime. That means the lifetime of the device.

On the one hand, that’s great news. A lot of our clients tell us that their Indramat components have been in service since before any of their engineers were born.

On the other hand, the life expectancy for most of the components was about 10 years. Many of them are still in service 20 or 30 years after they were commissioned. It’s great that they’re still running — but you know they could use some fresh oil by now.

Your precious Indramat units could benefit from factory reman. Reman includes cleaning and replacement of all wearing parts:

  • Bearings
  • Fans
  • Flanges
  • Transducers
  • Brakes
  • Power semiconductors
  • Sensors
  • Relays
  • Battery packs
  • Encoders
  • Contactors
  • Switches

Servos get a new lacquer coating. Any parts that have been updated since your unit was commissioned will be replaced with the current parts, at no extra charge. You’ll usually get a 60 month warranty.

Is it maintenance?

What should you do to keep your Indramat units in trim? Keep them clean and maintain the right ambient temperature. Don’t prop open the cabinet door and aim a fan at them. Check the cables and replace them when they get frayed. Replace the batteries if need be.

That’s about it. If it’s been more than 10 years since you installed your Indrmat drive and control systems, think about reman. Go ahead and schedule it with us to limit downtime. Call (479) 422-0390┬ánow to arrange it.